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Public hearings on commissioners' agenda: Boundary County Commissioners will hold two public hearings on Tuesday to take public comment on land use applications by Glenn and Jennifer Leavitt involving property on Songbird Lane and Warren and Tamara Patzer on property on Blume Hill Road.  
Ahead of 2022 mid-terms, Idaho voters encouraged to become educated: As we approach an election cycle that's quite possibly the most mistrusted in the history of the United States, Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney joins fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State in the #TrustedInfo2022 education effort to encourage citizens to look to their state and local election officials as the trusted sources of election information. This year's mid-term general election takes place May 17, the primary November 8.  
Idaho AG warns of scam: Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and the Idaho State Tax Commission are warning Idahoans about a scam targeting taxpayers. Individuals have reported receiving threatening letters from the so-called “Tax Processing Center” or “Tax Processing Unit,” claiming the State of Idaho will seize individuals’ property and garnish their wages for unpaid taxes.  
County commission agenda, week of January 24
City Council to use ARPA funds to replace ancient snowblower: In a short special meeting during which no new public input was accepted, the Bonners Ferry City Council, with the mayor absent and by unanimous voice vote of the four city council members, approved the purchase of a 2014 snowblower using American Rescue Plan Act funds.  
Remains of man missing since 1995 found in Bonner County: The Bonner County Sheriff's office today confirmed that human remains found by loggers in a remote area of the county in October are those of a man who has been missing for more than 25-years. On October 27, the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen in regard to finding possible human remains. The remains were located by a logging crew in a wooded, undeveloped area off Wrenco Loop Road. Bonner County deputies, detectives and coroner all responded to the area and confirmed the remains were human.  
Mt. Hall Elementary welcomes January: Mt. Hall has been a great place to be since getting back from Christmas break. We're enjoying the snow on our playground and being back together. Students have been working really hard on their benchmark assessments so that teachers can see the academic growth that has happened so far this year. It's amazing to see what our students are doing! By Principal Kylee Guthrie 
Bridgeway to hold all-night prayer vigil: An all-night prayer vigil will be held at Bridgeway Assembly of God Church, 66027 Highway 2, Bonners Ferry, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, January 28, and continuing until 6 a.m. Saturday, January 29. All are welcome to come and join, with participants marching to the beat of 2 Chronicles 7:14.  
No Surprises Act now in effect: The federal No Surprises Act provides new protections for unexpected or excessive medical bills consumers may receive from health care providers, including hospitals, physicians, ambulances and other medical professionals. The Department of Insurance can help Idahoans understand and utilize these new consumer protections, regardless of whether they have health insurance.  
Idaho Future Ready Academy for Virtual Learning offers choice: This week saw the launch of a new option for Idaho parents and students interested in mastery-based education. Idaho Future Ready Academy for Virtual Learning began on January 17, based on a successful approach to personalized learning pioneered in the Wilder School District.  
Update: Identity mistaken, Tel still missing: 10:18 a.m. Thursday, January 20: Shawn and Meg Smith have been searching frantically for their dog, Tel, missing from the McCall Street area since around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, and a man mistakenly believed to have taken Tel has been interviewed and found to own a dog that looks very similar to Tel.
Bonners Ferry special city council meeting, 3 p.m. Friday, January 21, city hall. Continuation of ARPA use consideration.
Translator district to hold surplus equipment auction: The Boundary County Translator District will accept sealed bids on several pieces of surplus equipment through 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 15,to be opened shortly thereafter at the district's regular monthly meeting at Youngwirth, Davis & Associates, 7193 Main Street, Bonners Ferry.
City council gets earful on proposed ARPA expenditure: The Bonners Ferry City Council heard from 17 people at Tuesday evening's meeting, all adamant that a funding opportunity to replace a 60-year-old snow blower that's held together with spit and prayers be turned down in the interest of preserving the community's sovereignty and liberty. Because Mayor Dick Staples was not able to attend, the council tabled consideration, and will meet in special session at 3 p.m. Friday, January 21, to continue consideration of both the purchase of a compatible used snowblower now available as well as funding the purchase with federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars.
Free COVID test kits available: There’s a new federal resource to get free FDA-authorized coronavirus test kits. Once ordered, your kits will be mailed through the U.S. Postal Service within seven to 12 days. The tests are completely free. There are no shipping costs, and you don’t have to give a credit card or bank account number. You only need to give a name and address.
Snow expected tonight over North Idaho: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory for North Idaho and northeast Washington calling for a mixed bag of precipitation from 1 a.m. to noon Thursday.
County updating All-Hazard Mitigation Plan: Boundary County has begun the process of updating its Multi-Jurisdictional All-Hazard Mitigation Plan. The county hosted a “kickoff” meeting on December 13th in Bonners Ferry to assemble the planning team assigned to work on this project. The All-Hazard Mitigation Plan examines risks posed by several natural hazards, including flood, earthquake, landslide, wildfire, severe weather and others. Community input will play a key role.
Tax season begins next week: The Idaho State Tax Commission starts processing 2021 Idaho individual income tax returns on Monday, January 24. The Internal Revenue Service begins processing federal returns the same day. E-filing your return is the safest and easiest way to file. It’s also the quickest way to receive a refund.
Fry Healthcare Foundation gearing up for Dessert Dash, Festival of Hearts: The Fry Healthcare Foundation is working hard to support Boundary Community Hospital despite the obstacles thrown its way, and while its members are all very eager to see the community in person at the annual gala, that's not possible quite yet, and the Festival of Hearts 2022 will once again an online event via Facebook and the Dessert Dash a raffle, both to raise funds to meet the ongoing needs of Boundary Community Hospital and the Extended Care Facility.
Idaho's bright future: In the legislature, as in life, we play the hand dealt. Fortunately, the deck is currently stacked in Idaho’s favor and I believe, in part, because of decisions made by Idahoans over many years and decades. We have the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the country. Our population growth is the highest in the country. In a state with just over 1.8 million people, more than 50,000 people decided to join us last year. By Idaho Senator Jim Woodward
BFHS FIRST Robotics Team 2130 Alpha+ entering 16th season: Bonners Ferry High School FIRST Robotics Team 2130 Alpha+ entered its 16th season at the start of the school year. With the past two years being impacted by the pandemic and all in-person competition being moved to remote or virtual options, the team is extremely excited to be back in person and heading to competitions in Nampa this year. FIRST Robotics is a worldwide robotics competition that brings high school level teams together to compete in a different competition every year.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
GROW! membership meeting coming Wednesday: The GROW! annual membership meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 19, in the Ktunaxa Room at the Kootenai River Inn. The agenda includes a slide show highlighting what the group has done over the past year at the GROW! garden and elsewhere and an outline on what leadership has planned for the coming year.
Truckers both okay after horrific collision: At about 12:18 p.m. today, emergency crews were dispatched to a two vehicle semi collision on Highway 95 near mile 502.5 south of Mirror Lake Golf Course. The roadway was finally cleared at about 6 p.m. Norman Apfel posted the following to Facebook.
Business
ET Wireless to close its doors: Joy Schmitz, owner of ET Wireless, 6665 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, announces with a broken heart that she will be closing it doors December 30. For the rest of December, ET Wireless will be able to add new lines and upgrades. These devices, however must be picked up and activated by December 29. Therefore, if you have plans to upgrade but haven’t made it in, please hurry in and allow them to help you one last time.
Jake's Landing updating operating hours: The owners and staff at Jake's Landing in Porthill are excited with the border restriction changes coming at the end of the month, and they look forward to seeing their Canadian friends again. This week they will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and closed Thursday through Sunday for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Tribe's Kootenai Travel Plaza will bring revenue, Sonic: The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is planning the first phase of economic development on the Three-Mile portion of the Kootenai Indian Reservation, located in Ktunaxa Territory along Highway 95 and just west of the Boundary County Airport. Phase One of the economic development project consists of an 8,660 square foot travel center with gas and diesel fueling stations, truck parking, convenience store and a Sonic Restaurant!
Sweet Heat Co. takes gold in Utah Cheese Awards: A small Bonners Ferry business with a penchant for spicing sweet things up was recognized with two medals in the "Best of the West" Utah Cheese Awards, to be presented at the 2021 Tasting Reception and Medal Ceremony November 11 at Bewilder Brewing in Salt Lake City. 
Farmers Insurance office moves: Sally Hendricks-Bauer's Farmers Insurance office has moved to 5932 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, across from Dodge Peak Lodge. Her telephone remains the same; (208) 267-2644. 
Social
BFHS grad making his mark as a Space Force athlete: With the new year underway, gyms across the country are going to see a rise in membership as millions of Americans resolve to improve their personal fitness, but for Master sergeant Dalton Grainger, his journey into weightlifting began not at the turning of the new year, but while deployed back in 2014. Grainger, a 2009 graduate of Bonners Ferry High School and the son of Dave and Cherry Grainger, is currently stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base near San Angelo, Texas.
Two local students make University of Montana Dean's List: The University of Montana, Missoula, has released its fall semester Dean's List, and two Boundary County students earned honors. Maintaining grade point averages above 3.5 were Edie Mae Callison, Bonners Ferry, and Michael Layeux, Moyie Springs.
Lammers to represent Bonners Ferry in FFA district meet: Boundary County Farm Bureau extends its congratulations to Trew Lammers, winner of the 2022 Farm Bureau Discussion Meet held recently at Bonners Ferry High School! Trew took first place, Brycen Cowin second and Cassidy Underhill third, and Nora Young, Nevaeh Elliston and Jacob Bremer each provided insightful discussion as well.
Pam Fleck BCSD Classified Employee of the Month: For her hard work and dedication to our district, our staff, and students, Boundary County Middle School paraprofessional Pam Fleck has been named Boundary County School District 101 Classified Employee of the Month for November.
Kari Dameron BCSD Certified Employee of the Month: Boundary County's Certified Employee of the Month for November is Kari Dameron. Kari is the kindergarten teacher at Mt. Hall Elementary and has been in that position since 2018. She has been teaching kindergarten for nine years total. Kari embodies the trait of being a lifelong learner - she is always on the hunt for opportunities to learn and grow.
Sports/Outdoors
Have fun on the river, earn swag: For some, winter is a time to hibernate in the comfort of a warm home, enjoying a hot drink by the fireplace. For others, winter offers a unique opportunity to try their hand at landing the native and once rare burbot from the Kootenai River. Like to fish for burbot in the Kootenai River? Like to win free stuff? Do both by participating in the Kootenai River Angler Science Program this winter!
Denise Crichton and the Poppies sweep Tuesday's Trouble week 15: Denise Crichton go high scratch game 176, high scratch series 464, second high handicap game 243 and high handicap series 665 to lead the Poppies; Denise, Zetta Graupner and Donna Kent, to a sweep December 21 in Tuesday's Trouble league bowling at AJ's Lanes.
Blue Bells sweep Tuesday's Trouble week 14: Kathy Konek took it all in Tuesday's Trouble week 14 league bowling December 14 at AJ's, leading the Blue Bells to wins across the board. She took high scratch game with 179, high scratch series 477, high handicap game 250 and high handicap series 690 and the Blue Bells; Kathy, Carolyn McNeill and Dolores Sweet, took high scratch game with 467, high scratch series 1,231, high handicap game 713 and high handicap series 1,969.
Over-snow vehicles banned in Libby ski area: Over-snow vehicle use in the boundaries of the South Flower Cross Country Ski Area near Libby has been prohibited due to concentrated pedestrian traffic, prohibiting any over-snow vehicle use on any National Forest system within the ski area boundaries including roads and trails.
Lady Slippers shine in week 13: The Lady Slippers; Jeanne Osborn, Donna Nystrom and Evelyn Smith, took it all in week 13 of Tuesday's Trouble women's league bowling at AJ's Lanes, with Jeanne taking high scratch game 159, high scratch series 425, third high handicap game 229 and second high handicap series and Donna tying for second high scratch game 149, getting second high scratch series 418 and third high handicap series, helping earn the team high scratch game 425, high scratch series 1,180, high handicap game 658 and high handicap series 1,879.
Letters
Ambulance board explains planned use of ARPA funds: In October, Boundary Ambulance made a request to the Boundary County Commissioners for authorization to use roughly $260,000 of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds made available to the county. A large portion of these dollars would be used to replace an aging 2007 ambulance heavily relied on for the out-of-county hospital transfer of serious and often critical patients. Boundary Ambulance Board of Directors
Big lies threaten last best hope of Earth: Two lies writ large in the Trump era are causing horrific damage to the democratic process established by the U.S. Constitution, and those lies, perhaps the most egregious ever put forth and pandered by a sitting United States president and believed by so many of his stalwarts, place into dire question whether our system of governance can survive. By Mike Weland Comment added
In city suit, only the attorney$ win: It’s over. In October, 2019, one year after construction of my permitted carport, the newly self-anointed, self-appointed, mini-mayor of Moyie Springs, Steve Economu, and council members Terry Johnson, Tim Narvaez, Geoff Hollenbeck and newly seated (three minutes prior) Les Love voted to file a lawsuit against me for setback violations. By Rosanne Smith
Standing with Idaho law enforcement: The Federal Bureau of Investigation reported violent crime was up 5.6 percent in the U.S. in 2020 from 2019. In Idaho in 2020, the FBI found there were 3,610 violent-crime incidents reported by 107 law enforcement agencies. There are many complex reasons for this unfortunate increase. By Senator Mike Crapo
Reflecting on Bob Dole’s message for America and Idaho: When I heard of the passing of WWII combat veteran and former presidential candidate U.S. Senator Bob Dole, I immediately recalled a man of integrity, humility, and patriotism. A member of the “Greatest Generation,” he served our country during a time when civility in politics was a requirement for getting anything done – and he reminds us that even though civility seems like a bygone value in American politics, it is still a requirement for getting the people’s work done. By Governor Brad Little
Obituaries
Louise D. Wankmuller, 94, Bonners Ferry, passed away on January 13, 2022. A private ceremony will be held at Hollywood Memorial Park in Union, New Jersey. Born in Taylor, Pennsylvania, in 1927, she lived most of her life in New Jersey.
Sherrie Squire Hendricks, 79, passed away on January 10, 2022, in Hayden, Idaho. She fought a valiant battle against kidney disease for many years, and finally went home to be with Jesus, surrounded by three of her children and four of her grandchildren. Her final resting place will be in Maple Valley, Washington, and family and friends will be having a memorial gathering in the spring in Seattle.
Rona Marlene Lincks, 65, died Sunday, January 9, 2022, at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene. She was born May 16, 1956, in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, to Ronald and Janet Marcy. Viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, January 20-21, at Bonners Ferry Funeral Home, 6485 Harrison Street. Private services will be held Saturday for the family. Viewing will continue from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, January 23, also at Bonners Ferry Funeral Home.
Darrin Kucherry, 56, a lifelong resident of North Idaho, passed away the morning of December 20, 2021. His unexpected death was the result of a tragic logging accident on Hoodoo Mountain in Priest River. A memorial service celebrating Darrin’s life is being planned at a later date.
Mickey Lee Marble, 77, Naples, Idaho passed away at home December 7, 2021. He was the youngest of seven children born to Harry Enoch Marble and Gertrude Rose (Rubbert) Marble. Mickey was born on a cold January morning at home in Rankin, Michigan.
 
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